Busy weekend for Coast Guard off Wash., Ore.



ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — It’s been a busy holiday weekend for the Coast Guard off of Washington and Oregon.

The agency says it rescued two divers who were caught in strong currents west of Whidbey Island, Wash., on Saturday evening, and then crews also rescued the people who were operating their dive boats. The dive boats had intentionally been grounded on Smith Island, and couldn’t be re-launched due to rough weather.

One of the divers was flown to a Port Angeles hospital for treatment of hypothermia.

Around the same time, a Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted two other divers who became stranded on Island Rock near Port Orford, Ore. The helicopter couldn’t reach them, but a lifeboat crew did, and brought them to Gold Beach.

On Sunday, a helicopter crew lowered a pump to a 36-foot fishing vessel taking on water 30 miles west of the Columbia River entrance. The fishing boat’s crew was able to pump out the water and patch the source of the leak.